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'The Daily Show' Recap - March 12, 2012

'Huawei': A foreshadowing name?

Chinesepod's Carlie discusses the meaning of the name 'Huawei' in light of the recent national security concerns of the Whitehouse

March 12, 2012, Al Madrigal and Jessica Williams talked about the Kony activist youthmovement on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart analyzed Mitt Romney’s Southern strategy, in Alabama. Finally, Grover Norquist came on to talk tax reform. Stewart was excited to talk about one of the hottest topics on Twitter: Kony. It’s popularity, due in part, to Rihanna, Ryan Seacrest, and Justin Bieber. “This guy, Kony, is probably dropping some sick beats, yo.” A series of news clips revealed Kony to be a rebel leader who uses children as sex slaves and soldiers. “Wow, that song sucked” said Stewart with vivid disgust. “It turns out the hot, new viral sensation is a 30 minute YouTube video directed and behandsomed by Jason Russell condemning the human rights abuses of Joseph Kony, a warlord whose Ugandan rebel group is infamous for its use of child soldiers.” The video’s racked up 70 million views and, Stewart thinks, it has the major news networks jealous. “I mean, what the ****? I mean, I mean, I mean we’re handsome. We’re on TV. Why won’t Rihanna retweet our Kony stories?” he mocked. Senior Correspondent, Al Madrigal came on and called the movie dangerous. “It threatens America’s long tradition of ignorance-based foreign policy. See, guys like you and me, Jon, we can be trusted with knowledge about stuff like this because we’re too tired to do anything about it. Our hopes and dreams have died years ago. We’re dead inside; but, young people, they think they can change the world; and, they have the energy to do it.” Stewart brought in his Senior Youth Correspondent, Jessica Williams to see if young people really are that impressionable. Before stewart could finish her introduction, Williams asked if he’d seen the Kony video. “Who wants to go out all night with me and hang up some posters?” Stewart and Madrigal each volunteered the other. Madrigal asked Williams what she knew about Syria. “Syria . . . Oh yeah, she tells me what to do when I talk into my phone.” Madrigal pointed her to a “new video with a dog,” which humorously explains the situation in Syria, and Williams immediately Syree to do something about Syria. “44 years ago,” Stewart began his second act, “Richard Nixon won the White House with his famed mix of charm, charisma, and a thing called the Southern Strategy, which was an appeal to racial fears to turn the South away from Democrats, thus making up for Nixon’s lack of charm of charisma. Since hen, every republican candidate has needed a strategy to win the South.” A news clip showed Romney, in a fake, southern accent, awkwardly talking about grits. “You look like you just walked off a Monopoly board. You really think you’re going to appeal to southerners by finding reference with them on the issues that matter most to them, their accent and choosing the right breakfast starch. Romney had the chance to meet lead singer of “Alabama,” Randy Owen. He asked Owen to sing “Sweet Home Alabama.” “Everything Romney knows about the South he learned from a Jeff Foxworthy routine.” He offered an impression “If you have a working 52-inch plasma TV on top of another working 52-inch plasma TV, you might be a Romney.” Grover G. Norquest came back on the show to talk tax reform. His new book, of which he coauthored, in called Debacle. Stewart go right to business. “You came up with this pledge, that you don’t want people to raise taxes, ever; and, you got a bunch of Republicans to sign it.” The reason why the pledge has been successful is, it’s simple.” Norquest’s intention is to force government to, as he calls it, “govern” as a means to generate funding rather than simply raising taxes. Stewart tried to bate Norquest into admitting even President Ronald Reagan raised taxes, but Norquest wouldn’t take the bait. Stewart was more direct. “If I had a pledge that said, ‘America can never go to war’ and I got a bunch of people to sign it, people would think, ‘well, that’s unrealistic. It’s too simplistic for this complex world.’ I mean, Reagan raised taxes, I don’t know, seven times? Eight times?” “Yeah,” Norquest calmly responded, “and George Washington lost the battle of New York. That was not on purpose.” Norquest noticed his poor choice of words the same time as the audience. “I mean, Reagan didn’t want to raise taxes,” he said over the laughter. Stewart asked if, because Reagan raised taxes, Norquest would have run somebody against him. Norquest said no, because “he didn’t sign the pledge.” Stewart asked about President George W. Bush, who inherited a surplus, cut taxes, and turned it into a deficit. “The pledge is step-one, don’t raise taxes. Step-two, and this is where George W. Bush messed up, is stop spending so much money.” “Where’s that pledge?” Stewart asked to the sound of applause. Watch Episode